Meet Commissioner Boughton
Mark D. Boughton was nominated to be commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services by Governor Ned Lamont on December 11th, 2020. A resolution confirming his nomination was approved by House members of the General Assembly's Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee on January 19th, 2021, and by the Connecticut House of Representatives on February 24th, 2021.
At the Department of Revenue Services (DRS), Commissioner Boughton has prioritized fair and equitable tax administration and excellent customer service. He is leading the Department during a multi-year modernization initiative, which will stage an environment that supports data-driven tax collection, offers enhanced online tax filing and payment options, and promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance. The DRS initiative aligns with the Lamont Administration’s design to modernize state government and bring convenient, easily accessible services to taxpayers.
Born and raised in Danbury, Mark attended Danbury public schools and graduated from Danbury High School in 1982. Upon graduation, he remained in his home state and attended Central Connecticut State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in History. He went on to receive his Master's in Educational Psychology from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.
Mark served in the United States Army Reserve from 1983 to 1989, where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He returned to Danbury High School in 1987 to teach Social Studies. As a highly regarded educator, he continues to be a leading advocate of quality education for all children.
Having always had a deep love for public service, Mark served as a member of the Danbury Planning Commission from 1995 to 1998, and later went on to serve three years as Connecticut's 138th District State Representative. During his time as State Representative, he achieved a perfect voting record in the General Assembly, where he was ranking member of the Environment Committee, as well as a member of the Education Committee.
Elected to office for a 10th term in 2019, Mark was the longest serving mayor in Danbury’s history. During his time in office, he was committed to a top-notch education, infrastructure enhancement, and public safety. For several years, Danbury was selected as the “Safest City” in Connecticut, and among the top best places to live in the U.S. Mark remains devoted to keeping Danbury as the "Greatest Place to Live, Work, and Be Educated."